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The Pitmen Painters

Chicago Premiere
by Lee Hall — inspired by a book by William Feaver
directed by BJ Jones

Artists


CAST

William Dick    

**WILLIAM DICK (George Brown) is making his TimeLine Theatre debut with THE PITMEN PAINTERS. His Chicago credits include THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, MACBETH, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, CYMBELINE, TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN, A FLEA IN HER EAR, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Drury Lane Theater Oakbrook); MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS, THE GOAT OR WHO IS SYLVIA?, HOUSE and GARDEN, GRILLER, and SPINNING INTO BUTTER (Goodman Theatre); END DAYS and ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST (Next Theatre); WE ALL WENT DOWN TO AMSTERDAM (Steppenwolf Theatre); and HEARTS: THE FORWARD OBSERVER (Northlight Theatre). Regional credits include EURYDICE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, YES.NO. (MAYBE SO...), THE FRONT PAGE and WOMAN IN MIND (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); WAITING FOR GODOT (Madison Repertory Theater), as well as productions at the Michigan Public Theater, Studio Arena Theatre and Los Angeles Theatre Center. Film credits include THE COMPANY, ICE HARVEST, STRANGER THAN FICTION, THE BREAK UP, THE PROMOTION, FRED CLAUS, THE EXPRESS and THE MERRY GENTLEMAN.


Dan Waller  

** DAN WALLER (Oliver Kilbourn) is making his Timeline Theatre debut. He last appeared onstage in THE GRAPES OF WRATH (Cardinal Stage Co. in Bloomington, Ind.). Chicago credits include THE GOOD NEGRO, GHOSTWRITTEN and TALKING PICTURES (Goodman Theatre); MOJO MICKYBO, OUR FATHER, A WHISTLE IN THE DARK and JOURNEY’S END (Seanachaí Theatre); THE COAST OF CHICAGO (Walkabout Theater/Lookingglass Theatre); TO THE GREEN FIELDS BEYOND and OUR TOWN (Writers’ Theatre); MOJO (Mary-Arrchie Theatre); THE KILLER ANGELS (Lifeline Theatre); THE CIDER HOUSE RULES: PARTS I & II (Famous Door Theatre); and SHORT EYES and STREAMERS (Blindfaith Theatre). Regionally, he appeared in ROMEO AND JULIET and THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA at the Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre in Frankfort, Mich. Television credits include LEVERAGE, THE BEAST and THE CHICAGO CODE. Film credits include DEVIL'S DOMINOES, REPETITION, OF BOYS AND MEN, WITLESS PROTECTION, TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON and the upcoming as yet untitled Rahmin Bahrani film.


Jordan Brown

JORDAN BROWN (Young Lad, Ben Nicholson) makes his TimeLine Theatre debut. He recently played Robert Ferrars in the world premiere of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at Northlight Theatre. He also starred as Tony in WEST SIDE STORY (Ravinia Festival, 2007). His New York City credits include MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Oberon Theatre Ensemble) and an episode of AS THE WORLD TURNS on television. He also was in THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (River Valley Rep Theatre in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.). He graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem with a degree in acting. He is represented by Gray Talent Group.

 


Andrew Carter

ANDREW CARTER (Robert Lyon) returns for his fifth show at TimeLine Theatre. Most recently, he played David Frost, going head to head with Richard Nixon in the Chicago premiere of FROST/NIXON. He also appeared in THE HISTORY BOYS (Equity Jeff Awards - Production and Ensemble) THIS HAPPY BREED (Non-Equity Jeff Awards - Production and Ensemble) and PRAVDA. Other Chicago credits include Paul Granger III in THE HOT L BALTIMORE (Mary-Arrchie Theatre); Harry Bailey in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE AT THE BIOGRAPH! (American Blues Theater); Stephen Dedalus in A DUBLIN BLOOM (Irish Repertory Theatre); ROSE RAGE, SHORT SHAKESPEARE! A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, THE LITTLE MERMAID and SHORT SHAKESPEARE! ROMEO AND JULIET (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Regional credits include Romeo in ROMEO & JULIET (Cardinal Stage Co. in Bloomington, Ind.). On television, he has appeared in BOSS (Starz). He is represented by the fine ladies at Gray Talent Group. Please visit abcisme.com for more on Andrew.


James Houton

JAMES HOUTON (Harry Wilson) is delighted to be back at TimeLine Theatre, where he appeared in PRAVDA, NOT ABOUT NIGHTINGALES and A CRY OF PLAYERS. Other Chicago credits include DAVID COPPERFIELD, THE CRUCIBLE and A TALE OF TWO CITIES (Steppenwolf Theatre); SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER (Northlight Theatre); PYGMALION (Apple Tree Theatre); LOOT (Writers’ Theatre); and FLANAGAN’S WAKE and MIRANDOLINA (Noble Fool). He has worked extensively at Montana Shakespeare in the Parks in Bozeman, playing in AS YOU LIKE IT, SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER, ROMEO AND JULIET, TARTUFFE, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, CYMBELINE, LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST, A WINTER’S TALE and THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. He directed MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING for the company’s school tour. In Washington, D.C., he appeared in SOMEONE WHO’LL WATCH OVER ME at the Studio Theatre. He was in the original Off-Broadway production of FLANAGAN’S WAKE. James holds a BFA degree in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.


Steven Pringle  

STEVEN PRINGLE (Jimmy Floyd) is making his debut at TimeLine Theatre. His Chicago theater credits include FAITH HEALER (Buffalo Theater Ensemble); THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW and RICHARD III (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); WITHOUT A PARACHUTE (Pasta Fazool Players); and THE PASSION OF DRACULA (First Folio Theatre). Regional credits include THE RAINMAKER (Guthrie Theater); ARMS AND THE MAN, THE IRON HARP, CUSTER and THE FARM (Actors Theater of St. Paul; founding member); THE MOUSETRAP and PAJAMA TOPS (Old Log Theater in Excelsior, Minn.); GUYS AND DOLLS, ROBBER BRIDEGROOM and ON GOLDEN POND (Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in Minnesota). He appeared in the movie THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW. His television credits are QUINCY, THE POLICE and HOLLYWOOD TELEVISION THEATER. In 1970, Steve received the Edwin Booth Award from the American College Theater Festival, presented by The Players’ Club of New York.


Loretta Rezos
 

LORETTA REZOS (Helen Sutherland) is excited to be making her first appearance at TimeLine Theatre. Most recently she was seen in THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), where she understudied and went on the last weekend as Margaret Nicolson; she also understudied Lady Pembroke. A former ensemble member of Strawdog Theatre, she was seen there in THE MASTER AND MARGARITA, IMPOSSIBLE MARRIAGE, DETECTIVE STORY (Non-Equity Jeff Award - Ensemble) and JULIUS CAESAR. She also has worked at Apple Tree Theatre, About Face Theatre and Greasy Joan & Co., among others. Regional credits include the Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park, American Musical Theatre and Theatreworks. She has appeared on television in LIPSTICK JUNGLE. She holds an MFA degree in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.


Amanda Schaar
 

AMANDA SCHAAR (Susan Parks) returns to TimeLine Theatre after understudying (performing) the ladies of THE FRONT PAGE. Amanda, who recently moved to Chicago, has performed with the national tour of NEW VOICES (Childsplay), WISDOM OF SERPENTS (Northwestern University, reading) and ZOMBIES ATTACK CHICAGO (The Spot). Regional credits include MEASURE FOR MEASURE and RICHARD II (Poor Players in San Diego); TARTUFFE, THE WINTER’S TALE and AS YOU LIKE IT (Southwest Shakespeare Theatre); TALE OF TWO CITIES (Childsplay); ALICE IN WONDERLAND and THE SWORD IN THE STONE (Phoenix Theatre); as well as countless pieces of experimental theater in the Arizona underground. She holds a BFA degree in Theatre and Acting from the Herberger College of the Arts at Arizona State University. For Darling, always.


PRODUCTION TEAM

LEE HALL (Playwright) Born in Newcastle, England, in 1966, Lee Hall is a playwright and screenwriter. His plays include BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL, BOLLOCKS, THE CHAIN PLAY, CHILD OF THE SNOW, CHILDREN OF THE RAIN, COOKING WITH ELVIS, GENIE, I LUV YOU JIMMY SPUD, SPOONFACE STEINBERG, TWO'S COMPANY, WITTGENSTEIN ON TYNE, and THE PITMEN PAINTERS. He has written the screenplays for WAR HORSE, HIPPIE HIPPIE SHAKE, TOAST, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, GABRIEL AND ME, BILLY ELLIOT, THE PRINCE OF HEARTS, THE PRINCE OF HEARTS and SPOONFACE STEINBERG. He was a writer in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1999-2000. He received an Oscar nomination for Best New Screenplay for BILLY ELLIOT.

BJ JONES (Director) is in his 14th season as Artistic Director of Northlight Theatre, where he has piloted the world premieres of Bruce Graham’s OUTGOING TIDE (Equity Jeff Award nomination – Direction) with John Mahoney and Rondi Reed, Craig Wright’s LADY with Michael Shannon, BETTER LATE by Larry Gelbart and Craig Wright and ROUNDING THIRD with George Wendt. As a director, BJ also has worked with Tracy Letts, Frank Galati, Judith Ivey and Dennis O’Hare, among a host of other artists. As a producer he guided the world premieres of Jason Robert Brown’s THE LAST FIVE YEARS, THE GAMESTER and Studs Terkel’s ‘THE GOOD WAR. ’ BJ has directed at Cherry Lane in New York City, Steppenwolf Theatre, Intiman Theatre in Seattle, Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, The Utah Shakespearean Festival, The Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, and Next Theatre in Evanston. This season he will direct A SKULL IN CONNEMARA at Baltimore Center Stage. Other directorial work includes Northlight’s GREY GARDENS, THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE, The LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS, THE RETREAT FROM MOSCOW, CRIPPLE OF INISHMAN, as well as productions of A NUMBER, TWELFTH NIGHT, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (Suzie Bass Award nominee - Director) and The Price (Equity Jeff Award nomination - Director). A two-time Jeff Award winner as an actor, BJ has performed at virtually every major theatre in Chicago, including the Goodman, Steppenwolf and Court. Film/TV credits include THE FUGITIVE, BODY DOUBLE and LAW AND ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, among others.

TIMOTHY MANN (Scenic Designer) returns to TimeLine, where he previously designed ‘MASTER HAROLD’ ... AND THE BOYS (Equity Jeff Award nomination - Scenic Design). He has designed scenery for Apple Tree Theatre, Congo Square Theatre, Pegasus Players and 13Carat Productions. He has been nominated for Non-Equity Jeff Awards for JITNEY and PANTOMIME at Pegasus Players and a Black Theater Alliance Award for his design of Congo Square’s
production of BLACK NATIVITY. His work also can be seen at Loyola University Chicago, where he teaches and practices stage design. His television and film credits include art direction for The Late Show with David Letterman, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Hoodlum, Let’s Go to Prison and Roll Bounce.

JACQUELINE FIRKINS (Costume Designer) also designed costumes for TimeLine’s A WALK IN THE WOODS (playing at Theater Wit through Nov. 20), making this her second TimeLine production. Her design work includes costumes for several Chicago theaters, including Northlight, Chicago Children’s, Writers’, Goodman and Court. She also has designed for Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre and the Yale School of Drama in Connecticut; Dallas Theatre Center; Portland Stage Co. in Maine; Portland Center Stage in Oregon; Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis; Idaho Shakespeare Festival; Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts; AboutFace Theatre Company in Los Angeles; Ensemble Studio Theatre and Brave New Repertory in New York City; The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; and Dorset Theatre Festival in Vermont. Jacqueline received a 2001 Princess Grace Award and is a faculty member at Loyola University Chicago.

+ CHARLES COOPER (Lighting Designer) is an Associate Artist at TimeLine Theatre, where his many credits include TO MASTER THE ART, ALL MY SONS, WEEKEND and DOLLY WEST’S KITCHEN. Recent Chicago-area credits include DO THE HUSTLE, OLD GLORY, AS YOU LIKE IT and ANOTHER PART OF THE FOREST (Writers’ Theatre); CURTAINS (Drury Lane Oakbrook); OF MICE AND MEN and FIRST LOOK REPERTORY OF NEW WORK (Steppenwolf Theatre); TREE, BLUE DOOR, THE DEFIANT MUSE and THE COURT MARSHAL AT FORT DEVENS (Victory Gardens); ECLIPSED, SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER and THE CHALK GARDEN (Northlight Theatre); THIEVES LIKE US (The House Theatre); WELCOME TO ARROYOS, TRUE WEST, TOP DOG/ UNDERDOG and SPEECH AND DEBATE (American Theater Co.); WELL and THE OVERWHELMING (Next Theatre); and AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS and BAD DATES (Fox Valley Repertory). Regionally, his work was seen in AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS at Indiana Repertory Theatre and A FEW GOOD MEN at Peninsula Players in Wisconsin. Charles has received five Jeff Award nominations and two After Dark Awards. Current and upcoming projects include KEEP A SONG IN YOUR SOUL (Old Town School of Folk Music), A WRINKLE IN TIME (First Stage Milwaukee), ORPHEUS DESCENDING (Shattered Globe Theatre) and LOVE ME SOME AMNESIA (American Blues Theater). He is a proud member of United Scenic Artists. For more information, please visit cooperportfolio.com.

JOSHUA HORVATH (Sound Design) has previously worked at TimeLine Theatre on WHEN SHE DANCED, WEEKEND, HARMLESS and HANNAH AND MARTIN. Chicago theater credits include shows at Goodman, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, Court, Northlight, Next, The House, Congo Square, Lifeline, Steep, About Face and Lookingglass. Regionally, he has worked at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.; Hartford Stage in Connecticut; Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn.; Center Stage in Baltimore; Milwaukee Repertory Theater; Milwaukee Shakespeare; Madison Repertory Theatre; Illinois Shakespeare Festival in Bloomington, Ill.; Great River Shakespeare Festival in Minnesota; Kansas City Repertory Theatre; Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles; and California Shakespeare Theater. Off-Broadway, he worked on CLAY at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Joshua, who is a four-time Jeff Award recipient and an 11-time nominee, teaches sound design for theater and film at Northwestern University. He also is an artistic associate at Lookingglass and the co-owner of Aria Music Design, LLC. His current and upcoming shows are SPUNK, THE INVISIBLE MAN and ANGELS IN AMERICA at Court and THE GREAT FIRE, MR. RICKEY TAKES A MEETING and EASTLAND at Lookingglass.

+ JULIA EBERHARDT (Properties Designer) is prop master for Loyola University Chicago and an Associate Artist at TimeLine Theatre. She has been
pursuing her craft at TimeLine since 2005, where her credits include THE FRONT PAGE, IN DARFUR, TO MASTER THE ART, FROST/NIXON, THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION, “MASTER HAROLD” ... AND THE BOYS, WHEN SHE DANCED, THE HISTORY BOYS, NOT ENOUGH AIR, FIORELLO!, TESLA’S LETTERS, PARADISE LOST, HARMLESS, and THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA. To see more of her work, please visit julieprops.com.

+ MIKE TUTAJ (Projections Designer) is an Associate Artist at TimeLine Theatre, where his work includes projections design for A WALK IN THE WOODS (playing at Theater Wit through Nov. 20), IN DARFUR, FROST/NIXON, THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION, THE HISTORY BOYS, TESLA’S LETTERS, GUANTANAMO: HONOR BOUND TO DEFEND FREEDOM, THIS HAPPY BREED and MARTIN FUREY’S SHOT (Non-Equity Jeff Award); sound/projections design for FIORELLO! and TRUMBO; and sound design for LILLIAN. He also has designed projections and/or sound at
numerous other theaters, including Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Court Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, The Hypocrites, Silk Road Theatre Project and Teatro Vista.

+ MAREN ROBINSON (Dramaturg) is an Associate Artist at TimeLine Theatre; THE PITMEN PAINTERS marks her 15th production with the company. Favorite TimeLine projects include A WALK IN THE WOODS (playing at Theater Wit through Nov. 20), TO MASTER THE ART, FROST/NIXON, THE HISTORY BOYS, NOT ENOUGH AIR, COPENHAGEN and PRAVDA. She was an artistic intern at Steppenwolf Theatre and has worked with Lifeline, Eclipse, Strawdog, Caffeine, Greasy Joan & Co. and Camenae theaters. Upcoming projects include ENRON and MY KIND OF TOWN at TimeLine and HUNGER and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE at Lifeline. Maren holds an MA degree degree in Humanities from the University of Chicago and has taught or lectured at the Newberry Library, the Chicago Public Library and several Chicago universities. She is a member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

DINA SPOERL (Lobby Design) is very happy to be working with TimeLine Theatre again this season, after working on THE FRONT PAGE. She holds an MA degree in Medieval History from Loyola University Chicago. She has many years of graphic- and exhibit-design experience, first with the Newberry Library and currently with Chester Design Associates in Chicago. Past and current clients with CDA include the American Library Association; Walter P. Chrysler Heritage Museum in Auburn Hills, Mich.; Daughters of the American Revolution; Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis; and National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. Love and immense gratitude to Mark, Jack, Zoe, Eddie and Pat.

TANERA MARSHALL (Dialects) is working on her second production this season for TimeLine Theatre, after A WALK IN THE WOODS (playing at Theater Wit through Nov. 20). Her credits include the films PUBLIC ENEMIES (Marion Cotillard), THE LUCKY ONES (Rachel McAdams), BURNING PALMS (Rosamund Pike) and LAY THE FAVORITE (Vince Vaughn) and the national tours of the musicals BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL and DIRTY DANCING. Chicago theater credits include productions at Court, Congo Square and Greasy Joan & Co.; she also has worked at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. She is head of voice and speech for the BA and BFA performance programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Tanera, who is a certified instructor of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, holds an MFA degree in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

EMILY RITGER (Assistant Director) is a graduate of the University of Evansville in Indiana, where she directed LEMON SKY, AM I BLUE and DEATH AND THE MAIDEN and was the assistant director for DANGEROUS LIAISONS. Professionally, she has directed selections from THE KENTUCKY CYCLE (National High School Institute), METAMORPHOSIS (Dominican High School), AFTER HOURS STAN (American Theater Company’s Big Shoulders Festival). She was the assistant director for DISTRACTED (American Theater Co.) and SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (Northlight Theatre). Emily specializes in new-play development and has worked for The New Harmony Project, American Theater Co. and American Folklore Theater. She is a freelance director, dramaturg, teacher and arts administrator.

+ ANA ESPINOSA
(Stage Manager) is an Associate Artist at TimeLine Theatre, where she has been the stage manager for THE FRONT PAGE, THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION, ‘MASTER HAROLD’ ... AND THE BOYS and ALL MY SONS, among others. She is proud to be working with a great cast and crew, as well as many familiar faces from her alma mater, Loyola University Chicago, on this production. She thanks her family, friends, CW’s and her fiancé, Duncan.

BRITTAINY BARATTIA (Production Assistant) is honored to be part of THE PITMEN PAINTERS team. After graduating from the University of Iowa with degrees in theater arts and psychology, she completed an artistic internship at TimeLine Theatre, where she also most recently worked as a production assistant on THE FRONT PAGE. Special thanks to Ana and the TimeLine crew for their remarkable work.

JOHN KEARNS (Production Manager) is beginning his fifth season working with TimeLine, his second in his current role. His previous Chicago theater experience includes work at the Piven Theatre Workshop and Steppenwolf. Regionally, he has worked at theaters in Charlotte, N.C.; Washington, D.C.; and Boston. He sends his love and thanks to Caroline and Oliver.

CALEB CHARLES McANDREW (Technical Director) is happy to be working with TimeLine Theatre as resident technical director, after previously working here as a carpenter. He previously has worked as technical director at Next, Chicago Dramatists, Pegasus Players, About Face, Red Tape and Teatro Vista theaters, and with the Opera Department at Northwestern University. His scenic-design credits include LA TRAVIATA (Novafeltria, Italy), DON GIOVANNI (Montegridolfo, Italy), BUS STOP (The Den Theatre) and ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Fleetwood-Jordain Community Center, Evanston). He also has designed lights for THE CRUCIBLE at The University of Memphis. He would like to thank the folks at TimeLine for their help and support, as well as his wonderful carpenters, without whom he couldn’t have made this happen.


Actors' Equity Association
 

The director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.

** Member Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers

Those designers and scenic artists identified by U.S.A. are members of United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local 829, AFL-CIO.

+ TimeLine Associate Artists